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Air Services (United Kingdom-Hong Kong)

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade what representations have been made to him in connection with the appeal currently pending relating to the provision of additional air services to Hong Kong ; what replies he gave ; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made yesterday. Formal submissions under the procedure laid down by the Civil Aviation Regulations 1972, as amended, were made by the appellants—Cathay Pacific Airways and Laker Airways—and by other parties to the appeals—British Caledonian, British Airways, the Government of Hong Kong and the Civil Aviation Authority. These were taken into account in my consideration of the appeals.Representations were also made by hon. Members and others and these received replies to the effect that it would not be appropriate for me to comment while the appeals were pending.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade what discussions have taken place between him, his officials or other authorised representatives and any of the parties involved in the appeal currently pending relating to the provision of additional air services to Hong Kong or any other interested parties ; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the statement I made yesterday. Parties to the appeals have made written representations in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Civil Aviation Regulations 1972, as amended. Neither I nor my officials have had any discussion with the parties.